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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Institute of Psychiatry, Tobacco Research Team, Addictions Research Unit
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
58 records management boxes


Name of creator(s)

Tobacco Research, Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry

Administrative / Biographical history

The Tobacco Research Team was founded in 1969, as the third research team of the Addiction Research Unit (after alcohol and drugs) at the Institute of Psychiatry. The role of the Tobacco Research Team is to increase understanding of the psychological and pharmacological aspects of tobacco dependence and develop more effective interventions to reduce tobacco-related diseases. The team was led by Professor Michael Russell for many years.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the Institute of Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine, Sep 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of the Tobacco Research Team, Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, 1969-2000, chiefly comprising research files for projects undertaken, notably led by Professor Michael Russell. Studies are predominantly trials for methods to beat addiction (such as nicotine patches and gum) and studies on the nature of tobacco addiction. Typical files include drafts of articles, raw data, blank questionnaires used for studies, medical notes and contact details of study participants. The collection also includes papers relating to grants for the study of tobacco addiction, notably from the the Medical Research Council (MRC); correspondence with medical practitioners, other medical research institutions, the MRC and private companies including Nicorette; papers relating to academic symposiums and conferences on tobacco addiction; publications and copies of articles on smoking and smoking related diseases; minutes and agenda for meetings of the Smoking Research Review Committee and preparatory notes for lectures on tobacco addiction.

System of arrangement
In original order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Please note:   Documents containing personal data for named living individuals are closed, to be reviewed on the death of the individual or 80 years from the date of the document. Access may be granted to researchers in certain circumstances, and upon signature of a special undertaking form. 

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Depositor’s box list is available in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers of the Addictions Research Unit, of which the Tobacco Research Team forms a part (ref: IOP/ARU).

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Social problems
  • Tobacco

Corporate names

  • Addictions Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry
  • King's College London College Archives

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